War

As Christians, should we be for war or against it? This is a topic that is brushed under the rug a lot. I guess you could say there is good reason for it to be there. Well first of all I don’t think it is right for christians or anyone for that matter to avoid tough topics by not recognizing they are even there. I have gone to church my whole life and not once has a pastor preached on the topic of war and whether or not it is Biblical for disciples of Christ to be involved in it. I do not think this is right and feel bad for all the christian men and women who have fought for this great nation not knowing they are completely going against what Christ stands for. I am not saying that God is against war, but if he is that sure is a bummer for all of those troops. I feel bad that this topic has not been looked at more or discussed within the church.
For most of my life actually all of my life I have thought of joining the military as a very prestigious, honorable, and heroic act. I mean honestly whats more heroic than this, “The face of true courage: Marine, 24, who lost an eye when he jumped on a grenade to shield his comrade from blast in Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor.” This is at the top I would say and most would tend to agree. Even the Bible agrees, “There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13. Now is the Bible promoting this type of behavior? Laying down ones self for a friend. This is exactly what Jesus did for us. He laid down his life for us. The ultimate sacrifice.
Now you may be wondering what does the crucifixion have to do with war. I think it has a lot to do with it. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12. I think this verse clearly points out that there is war. There is a war that is going one constantly in the heavenly realm. This is the war that Jesus was fighting when he died on the cross for us. He laid down his life for us. I think war is something that is relevant in the christian life. This war has been going on for forever. Even though Christ is victorious we still have to be ready to fight the schemes and traps that the devil has for us. The war started when God’s perfect world was tinted by sin. This world has never been the same and will never go back to how it was supposed to be. It was meant to be a place of peace and prosperity. A place where we could walk with God and be in fellowship with him without hindrance.
Since we all know first hand that this is not the case. The world is full of heartache, disaster, sin, and evils indescribable like war. My point in all of this is that there is a direct correlation between the spiritual wars to the earthly wars. There would be no wars on this earth if it wasn’t for the dirty dead in the garden. Once or maybe more than once have I seen a bill board that said “dirty deeds done dirt cheap.” Well this may be the case for this business I do not think it is the case for most things. The sin of man or dirty deeds that man gets his hands dirty with are not cheap by any means. They are normally the most costly things. For instance, the sin that Hitler was involved in, cost many people their lives.
I would say that I hold an opinion that would go something like this. War as bad, ugly, and immoral it may be is going to happen whether we like it or not. Its just an effect of eating of the apple. (I bet Eve wasn’t say Good Eats after she ate the fruit.) We can either sit on the bench as christians or get in the game and make a difference in fighting against evil and the sins of this world. I fully believe that God does not think war is bad. All the times he told Joshua to lead men into battle and told David to kill Goliath. God was very much a part of war in the Old Testament. He told the Israelites to fight in his name and he would bring them success on the battle field.
I am not condoning any injustices that were or are had in war. I do think it would be foolish to stand by and not get involved in something that effects your country, church, and family. I also think that when you fight in a war you need not look at all the details. Its war and its bad. You need to look at the big picture and understand, who, what, and why you are fighting.

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Hell

There are many questions that surround the topic of Hell. I think two of the biggest are, Is Hell a real place? and Who goes to Hell? There are many other questions. After all,  no one has come from hell to tell us about it. There are many questions that surround the topic Hell. I think two of the biggest are, Is Hell a real place? and Who goes to Hell? There are many other questions. After all it, no has come from hell to tell us about it. Here’s multiple testimonies of people coming back from hell and trying to explain what it was like. There is a common theme in reading these testimonies. That theme is pain. There is more pain whether physically or mentally than one can even imagine. Something that bothers me a lot that people say involving hell is, “how can God send all those people to hell.”This is a question/rebuttal for people to try to avoid the fact that hell is for real. There is quit a bit of fear that comes along with the idea of Hell. It does not matter who you are or what theory you believe in. The thought of Hell should make your skin crawl and the hair on the back of your neck stand straight up. It is not something that should be taken lightly. For Matthew 13:42 says, “They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” I am not even sure exactly what gnashing of teeth even means. What I do know is that it does not sound fun and I am sure it hurts. If Hell actually does exist and the way the Bible describes it is literal, we all should be on our knees praying everyday. Although I am not sure it would be smart to take the description of hell literally. I mean, think about it, are we not told that many things in the Bible are metaphorical. Jesus, while on this earth, would teach in parables many times. The Bible is supposed to be taken literally on terms such as Christ’s death, the resurrection, and Pentecost. There are many things that are supposed to be read figuratively not literally. I believe Hell is one of those things. The reason why as I mentioned earlier, I dislike it when people ask is hell for real or how God can send all those people to hell isfor this very reason. We do not know if there is hell 100% and we sure do not know what exactly it’s like. We can only speculate. So I guess you could say my speculation is that there is a Hell, but not everyone will go there. Now, I know that sounds like the normal view. You may be thinking, “of course not everyone is going to Hell”. The Bible is pretty clear in Matthew 25:36-40 when it says, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ The context of this verse is Judgment day. This is Christ describing who will go to heaven, the lambs, and then who will go to hell, the goats. This is all still normal to the regular view christians hold to hell. Here is how my view changes from the norm. I believe that we all die and our spirits go somewhere. For those who were devout christians and confessed with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. They will go to heaven. Those who do not do that and die never believing that Christ is Lord will be sent Hell. Those who never were given the opportunity to except Jesus as Lord will go to heaven. Then when Jesus returns everyone will be taken up to heaven. Even those who have been living in hell will be brought to heaven. Then we will all be judged accordingly. So basically this is how it would work. Someone who has sacrificed their whole life for Christ will be crowed with more authority and majesty than someone who confessed that Jesus was Lord on their death bed. There will be different ranks in heaven. It won’t be a bad thing its just a way to make things just and organized. The only inhabitants of hell at this point would be Satan and his demons. The reason I believe this is because God loves everyone and desires all to be saved. Nothing can suppress the love or will of God. Therefore all will be saved at some point. 

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Incomplete Bible Blog

Who did Christ die for? Well immediately I think of probably the most popular verse in the Bible, John 3:16. This verse alludes to the idea that Christ died so that we could have eternal life. Now I have grown up thinking and believing that Jesus died so that my sins could be forgiven. I still believe this to be true. I also think that this is the main reason Jesus died on the cross. Think about it this way. In the movie, Narnia, Edmund (one of the sons of Adam) sins and essentially betrays everyone. He acts out in rebellion. He later realizes that he wants out and gets rescued. But he must pay for his actions. He either stays with the witch or dies. Then we all know that Aslan sacrifices his life to save Edmund’s. It seems so obvious there why Aslan was sacrificing his life. He was laying down his life to pay for the punishment of Edmunds. That is exactly what Christ did for us. He laid down his life to pay for the sin that we have committed.
“When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned” Romans 5: 12 This sums it up real nice. Since there is sin in the world, because of Adam, we all deserve death. Death is the only thing that can pay off the sin and make us clean again in God’s eyes. Romans 6:23 Says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord”.  Again, this stating that we as humans deserve death for  our sin, but Christ came and paid the penalty for us.

Free Will?

The question whether or not free will is a thing is an unanswerable question. Its one of those questions that we can only get the answer if we talk to God. Its hard to understand, because if we have free will then how could God possibly know all. On the the flip side, if God doesn’t “know all” then one of the foundational characteristics of God is gone and faith doesn’t exist. So I guess we can conclude that you can’t have an all knowing God and humans that have free will, right?
Proverbs 16:9 ESV
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
This verse is saying that he have free will but Christ prepares or sets up or choices. So does God just have a list of choices and thats the big plan that he has? Is his plan more or less an outline that can change and be moldable? This in a way gives us both. We are able to make our own choices, but at the same time God still knows(more or less He has an idea) what we are going to do. The only problem with this is that we are striping God of some of His power, by saying He doesn’t fully know what going on He just has a rough estimate.
Psychology says that all things have a cause and then there is a effect. If we believe this then that means any choice or decision we make is just an effect to a cause. There was no will or personal opinion behind the matter. Does this mean all of our actions are set in place and no matter what they will take place. What would stop them? I mean after there is no free will if everything is just on a cause and effect basis. So can we blame criminals, cheaters, or just anyone who does bad things? They have no say in whats going to happen. They are actually the victim of a bad cause and effect.
I believe that at the end of the day you have to choose which stance you are going to hold on this particular topic. If you are a Christian you will believe that Christ is all know, but he will empower us with an ability of free will. Know body will know its will be an ongoing mystery.

Evil

Was the snake actually satan or possessed by satan? I honestly don’t know. For my sake though, I choose to believe that the snake was evil in some way. I have grown up believing that the snake was satan and that “satan” brought sin into the world by deceiving Eve. I believe that God is good and everything he created was good. So, here is the dilemma, if God created a prefect and sinless world. Or at least that is what he intended it to be until Eve ate from the tree. In this world though there is no sin or evil, so how is a evil snake in the garden. That would be a imperfection. Now lets look at it from the other angle. That snake needs to be evil in some way, because it deceived Eve into eating from the tree. You can’t have both, because they contradict one another. I believe that the snake in some way was evil. A question that pops into mind is, did God need evil in his plan to save the world?
This is a good time to ask if evil was brought in to the world by the sin of Adam and Eve or if it was already there. If it was already there why did the whole scenario with the snake and the tree have to happen. I think that evil had not been in the world up until the point of the first sin. So many things change after they sin. They are kicked out of the garden, child labor, harvest and hunt our own food. We were ashamed and wore clothes, and the biggest thing is we were not able to walk hand in hand with God. If sin was already on the earth God wouldn’t have been on the earth walking with Adam in the garden.
Hell is not listed in the curse. God never mentions it in all of Genesis. I am not sure why God never mentioned it. It seems like it would be a important thing to address. Is hell real? I am not sure if hell is real. It doesn’t seem to line up with all that God is. I don’t think that Christ would curse hell on everyone, because then every one would be condemned to go to hell. This would not be good. It would also take away all free will that I believe God has given us. Now if we didn’t have free will all choices about anything would not even matter. We would simply be characters that God has in a movie. Are we characters. Think about it, if God knows all and is control everything it would make sense that we wouldn’t have free will. Why would we need it. Everything is just a part of His plan that has already been made.
Sin has been something that polluted the world when Adam and Eve sinned. Lets just think about it logically. All the things that were cursed when they sinned still are happening. Ladies still go through kinda rough not really that bad child labor and men still have to work hard for their food. Those are just two examples of things that are still happening. In scripture why were people not allowed to go into the holly of hollies. There were not clean enough from their sin. They were dirty with sin. This is something that we are born with. You don’t have to teach anyone to be selfish. In the New Testament one of the main themes is dying to our fleshly desire or sinful nature and embracing Christ’s spirit and living a live with Him.
Now I have had a lot of thought lately about my views towards things that I believed were foundational elements to my faith that I am starting to realize might not be true. For instance, did Eve have a choice not sin. Was evil going to be apart of this world wether she ate from the tree or not. I think it didn’t matter. We were all given free will. So in order to have free will to choose, you need options to choose. So in having sin come into this world the God supposably made to be perfect, we are given the will to choose him or ignore and reject what he has to say. We are not forced to follow him and we are not, not allowed follow Him. You can’t have good with out evil. Right? God is the good and the evil is our sinful nature.
Genesis 3:22-24 is very interesting. Basically its a monologue of God thinking out loud. He realizes that the humans have eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He becomes worried that they will also eat from the tree of life. That would make them live forever. Then it goes on to say that He then banished them from the garden and that was that. This was knew to me. It kinda gave me the creeps, because it seems like God is worried, hiding something from us, and doesn’t want us to live forever. These all don’t seem to line up with what I thought God was like. Have we been misinterpreting things all this time?

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